“We must change the perception that persons have about the capability of public health nurses. You must be the agents of change for the benefit of all … patients must leave satisfied.”UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw GriffithThis was the charge delivered by Advisor to the Public Health Minister, John Adams to the 27 nurses graduating from the University of Guyana’s Bachelor of Science Nursing Programme. Adams was speaking at the annual award ceremony hosted at the Pegasus Hotel on Sunday evening.He told the nurses that as agents of change, they must educate others in order to make a difference within the public health sector. This, he noted, will involve a willingness on their part to continue to build their own capacity as they strive for excellence as health-care professionals.“That step will not only benefit you, but boost the Ministry of Public Health and the country, as a whole … It will bring you on par with your colleagues in the Caribbean since qualifying yourself in the various health fields will certainly aid Guyana in achieving Goal 3 of SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals] – ensuring a healthy life and well-being for all. The acquisition of these skills will surely benefit you and the country, once it is utilised properly,” he is quoted as saying by the DPI.Chief Nursing Officer at the Ministry, Linda Johnson, said the award ceremony speaks volumes for those who have graduated.“It is indeed an undeniable fact that the progress of any health-care system is through the development of nurses via higher education. Globally, nurses are the centre of almost every health-care team and they make an enormous contribution to the health of any nation … as graduates that emerge with a degree in nursing, your experience and added knowledge are valued assets,” Johnson said.The Chief Nursing Officer also charged the nurses to map out and develop new approaches to nursing care, health promotion and disease prevention. She advised them to secure leadership role opportunities within the sector in order to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have learnt.In his remarks, UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith encouraged the nurses to embrace the values of respect, integrity and excellence and to be exemplars of all three attributes.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsFor the past 26 years, Congress has prohibited exploration and development of extensive areas of the federal outer continental shelf by not funding the needed studies to conduct leasing auctions. Additionally, Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton issued executive orders for a blanket moratorium from 1990 through 2012, although George W. Bush canceled part of the edict in 2005. But congressional action was still required. Currently, the United States uses about 21million barrels of oil each day, or about 7.6billion barrels per year. About 5 billion barrels are imported and 2.6 billion barrels come from domestic sources, of which about one third is from offshore. Imports consist of about 40 percent from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Iraq) and 60 percent from non-OPEC nations (Canada, Mexico and Russia providing the most). Most imported natural gas also comes from Canada. In 1980, yearly domestic production was 3.15billion barrels, decreasing to 2.6 billion barrels in 2006, about 75 percent of peak output of 3.52 billion barrels in 1970. This was the result of diminishing output from existing land and offshore fields, and the prohibition against developing 95 percent of known and highly probable new resources on federal land and federal and state offshore tracts. Domestic reserves In 1980, proven U.S. reserves totaled 30billion barrels, diminishing to 22 billion barrels by 2005, primarily because of the extensive prohibitions against new development. Not counting the potential recovery of tens of billions of barrels of oil from recently explored Colorado oil sands and Utah oil shale, or the deep Gulf of Mexico oil discovery, the Mineral Management Service conservatively estimated in 2003 that there exists 406 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 76billion barrels of oil recoverable in the prohibited regions of the lower 48 states and Alaska. Several energy acts were adopted during those 25 years, encouraging efficiency and conservation, increasing research and development of alternative fuels and renewable energy, all supposed to decrease dependence on foreign sources, but omitting the most immediate and effective measure by continuing to prohibit opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and offshore prohibited regions. This was due to the undue influence of small but vocal groups of environmental extremists. Also, in 1996, Clinton vetoed legislation approved by the Republican-controlled Congress to open ANWR to drilling. Decreasing oil production ignored Between 2001 and 2006, U.S. annual oil use increased from 7.2 billion barrels to 7.6 billion barrels while domestic production decreased from 2.9billion barrels to 2.6 billion barrels and imports increased from 4.3 billion barrels to 5billion barrels. Experts predicted that if prohibited fields were opened to normal drilling and recovery, domestic production could be increased from 7.1 million barrels per day to 9 million to 10 million barrels per day, thereby significantly reducing dependence on foreign oil, especially that from unreliable sources. So, for more than 25 years, in clear view of decreasing domestic production and increasing dependence on imports from foreign nations, some unfriendly or politically unstable, the politicians played games with oil, loudly proclaiming we should reduce dependence on foreign oil while doing almost nothing but increasing dependence on foreign oil. Stan Katten is a former RAND Corp. analyst and a San Pedro resident.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! First of two parts. Federal and state politicians are responsible for the approaching energy crisis and have placed this nation in a very precarious position. While speculators drive up the prices of oil and natural gas whenever they can dream up a possible reduction in “import supply,” the real problem is one of “domestic access.” The resulting unnecessary dependence on unreliable foreign oil sources threatens our infrastructure because oil and natural gas underlie the economic and social fabric of this country. Offshore resources off limits “Today natural gas and oil drilling is prohibited in all offshore regions along the North Atlantic coast, most of the Pacific coast, parts of the Alaska coast and most of the eastern Gulf of Mexico,” the Energy Information Administration stated in 2005. “The central and western portions of the Gulf of Mexico account for almost all current domestic offshore natural gas and oil production.”